That’s why we work with villages, not factories – bringing you beautiful handcrafted clothes that are #MadeRight: Fair, kind to the earth and full of stories of Indonesia’s heritage.
I'm Denica - and I'm glad you're here! Let me tell you the story of how we started. And why it has all to do with you.
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An Unlikely Love Story
In 2016, I had spent more than a year of research – and most of my savings – traveling through Indonesia’s hinterland. A tumor the size of a golf ball had catapulted me out of my idea of a perfect life right into a personal crisis. From a promising career as a development economist consultant in Jakarta into a deep depression. It was Indonesia’s hinterland’s artisans who gave me a new home – metaphorically and literally.
Yet my nerdy economist self couldn’t help but notice: They were struggling every day – because of an unfair, broken system. Not having a choice, not having a voice.
And my heart was broken.
Suddenly, a simple act of buying a piece of fabric did not seem so simple anymore. I felt an imperative to find a way that supports, rather than exploits, the humans behind our clothes.
That’s why at SukkhaCitta, we work directly with artisans in rural Indonesia – some so remote it takes us entire days of plane, car, motorcycle and even boat rides to reach. Why all the trouble? Because I realized that these artisans are the most vulnerable to exploitation. This is where most of our artisans live and work - yet without any access, they often live a life of poverty.
Started with only 3 women, we now empower more than 100 artisans in Java, Kalimantan and Flores. Providing intensive trainings in environmentally-friendly practices and business skills while paying a living wage – all made possible by your purchases.
So back to you
And ultimately, remind you of your own unique beauty, worth, and purpose.